Whale Gusher Galley Foot Pump in W32

  • December 09, 2013 8:12 PM
    Message # 1455075
    Deleted user
    It would seem like one of these pumps would work great at the base of the galley sink cabinet. The area of the cabinet closest to the companionway steps.  In fact I think I saw a picture once of one installed in that very location in a W32.

    Any opinions/concerns?

  • December 09, 2013 8:20 PM
    Reply # 1455078 on 1455075
    We have a Whale Gusher Galley foot pump in exactly the location you describe and we love it! It's easy to use and out of the way while cooking.

  • December 09, 2013 8:40 PM
    Reply # 1455082 on 1455075
    Deleted user
    That's super cool!

    Seawater or fresh?
    Actually I would think both could be plumbed to the pump with small shutoff valves on each supply line.

    While we're at it, the seawater seacock on my factory W32 is in the bilge and not easy to access if one wishes to close the valve daily.
    Wouldn't it make sense to relocate the throughull to that small access under the dinette table? Of course then you would have an intake on the same side of the hull as the head discharge, not a problem while underway but it could be undesirable at anchor in calm waters. 
    Comments anyone?
  • December 10, 2013 1:48 PM
    Reply # 1455635 on 1455075
    The answer is - it depends. When the boat is at the dock, the fresh water is connected to it. When away for awhile, the fresh water gets swapped to the hand pump (for less water usage) and the sea water comes through the foot pump.

    Our seawater seacock is in the head, not very far away from the discharge. Yes, this is one of those cases where timing is everything. That issue will go away when we do our planned conversion to composting head.
  • December 11, 2013 7:12 AM
    Reply # 1456066 on 1455075
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    We have foot pumps for the galley and the head sinks.  Work great.  No pressure water on Siempre Sabado (W28).  The only down side of the foot pump is that, when we're not on the boat, we have a tendency to walk up to a sink in someone's home or in our RV, put our hands under the faucet and start working our left leg.  We look like a dog when he gets scratched in just the right spot to get his hind leg going.  Sort of embarrassing but what are ya gonna do?

  • December 11, 2013 7:22 AM
    Reply # 1456078 on 1455075
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    I'm also considering installing one of these for fresh water, as soon as Bud sells us a water tank or two. I am trying to decide if salt water is even needed. Im thinking of the old bucket trick. 
  • December 11, 2013 7:36 AM
    Reply # 1456094 on 1455075
    For what it's worth... we have had a salt water hand pump in the galley for ever... it makes a nice place to hang a dish rag to dry! Looks cool but hasn't been used for 20 years at least!

  • December 11, 2013 12:14 PM
    Reply # 1456329 on 1456094
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    Steve VanTuyl wrote:For what it's worth... we have had a salt water hand pump in the galley for ever... it makes a nice place to hang a dish rag to dry! Looks cool but hasn't been used for 20 years at least!


    Do you live full time away from a dock?
    Salt wasted rinses are incredibly valuable.
    Time to get that old faucet running again.
  • December 18, 2013 1:56 PM
    Reply # 1460638 on 1455075
    Whale Gusher pumps are great. I find them reliable, maintainable and effective.  They come in two sizes.  You want the bigger one.

    I use one in the head, and one in the galley for fresh water.   

    Foot pumps have a secondary effect of greatly reducing your consumption of fresh water.  If you have pressurized water, you can't help but to waste 3/4 of it.  In the Bahamas where fresh water is hard to find and expensive, we used only 0.8 gallons per day per person. All the books say 1 gallon per person per day, but we didn't need that much.  Of course dish washing and flushing were done with salt water.  

    We also have a second gusher pump connected to the galley sink drain.  That allows us to use a deep sink, with the bottom only 1 inch above the water line.  The pump acts as a check valve allowing us to leave the sea cock open when under sail and to drain the sink normally no matter what the angle of heel.  To connect it, I had to make an adapter from the 2.5 inch drain pipe to the 0.5 inch gusher pump fittings.  We have to explain to guests why there are two foot pedals side by side in the galley.

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